Having won the hearts and affections of Liverpool fans across the globe, Mohamed Salah has become a modern idol. Seen as the player who has been among the key catalysts to turning Liverpool into a European and domestic champion, Salah has etched his name out in football history. However, for some fans, the hope was that Liverpool were now a club capable of retaining its best stars throughout their peak years and beyond. Recent talk, though, has seen much debate around Salah remaining in England for much longer.
When asked recently about the opportunity to head to La Liga and play for either of Barcelona or Real Madrid, Salah said that ‘we never know what is going to happen in the future’, worrying Liverpool fans. A player who has been such a key catalyst – scoring the goal to win the UEFA Champions League in 2019, among others – should not be allowed to move on, surely?
However, despite some open-ended comments from the player himself, it is believed Liverpool are completely relaxed about the concept of an exit from Anfield. Talk around his happiness in Liverpool, though, has been going on for some time. More fuel to the fire came in the form of Mohamed Aboutrika, an Egyptian football legend and former teammate who declared the Egyptian was ‘not happy’ at the Reds. However, having scored 13 goals in 16 games in the Premier League, and also four in other competitions, it would be hard to say Salah looks sad or unhappy.
Celebrations are mated, as they are for many players during the era of COVID-19. Salah, though, has retained the same lethal touch in front of goal and the same desire to link and play with teammates as ever. Though Liverpool have had a small pitch without goals, including a 1-0 loss at Southampton, Salah is not alone in recent profligacy. As such, there is believed to be a little worry at Anfield over how the player trains or participates in games.
Could Mohamed Salah leave in the summer?
Transfers at the moment often come with a sense of unrealism around them, thanks to many clubs already being in poor fiscal states. Football has long had issues with sustainable cash flow for clubs, and COVID-19 has exposed the issues deep within the sport regarding how teams manage their finances. At the moment, even many of the largest clubs are unable to make deals that are suitable to bring in major talent.
Real Madrid, for example, have long been linked with superstar French duo Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba; both signings, though, are out of their reach; so, too, are long-wanted FC Barcelona targets including Lautaro Martinez. How, then, would either be able to put together a package that would be suitable – and affordable – to all parties involved?
Liverpool would be unlikely to sell one of the faces of the club and would see his exit felt on more than the turf. As one of the clubs among the most likely to compete for honours, too, it is unlikely that Salah would push hard for an exit given already being in a competitive position. As such, it is easy to see why Liverpool sources often state the club are serene about talk of a departure.